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Zohair Al-Halees

Zohair Y. Al-Halees, M.D.

King Faisal Hospital & Research Centre
PO Box 3354, MBC-16
Heart Center
Riyadh  11211
Saudi Arabia
00966114647272 x32091 (alternative)
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


King Saud University Medical School (1976)
FRCSC, General Surgery (November 1983)
FRCSC, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery (November 1984)
FCCP (September 1986)
FACS (October 1992)
FACC (February 1994)
FAHA (February 2002)
July 1986-present, Consultant, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon at King Faisal Heart Institute
July 1988 to 2005 – Chief, Section of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at KFSR&RC
Aug 1996 – Aug 2002 - Chairman, Dept of Cardiovascular Disease, KFSH & RC - Riyadh
Aug 2002 – Sept 2004 – Director, King Faisal Heart Centre, KFSH & RC - Riyadh
Sept 2004 – April 2005 - Interim Director, King Faisal Heart Institute, KFSH&RC – Riyadh
April 2005 – present - Cardiac Surgeon/Consultant, Heart Centre, KFSH&RC – Riyadh
July 2008 - present - Adjunct Professor of Cardiac Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical School, Beirut, Lebanon

Other Interests

  • Cardiac Surgical Missions
  • Cardiovascular Research and Teaching
  • Congenital Heart Disease

Special Awards

  • Recipient of Al Moftaha Award – from Governor, Asir Region, Saudi Arabia (offered for distinguished Saudi citizens with service to the country) – Aug 2009
  • Recipient of King Abdulaziz Medal of Honor, Highest Civilian Award presented by King Abdulla Bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia – Aug 2007
  • Distinguished Scientist Award – Almarai Company – May 2003


a) Evaluation of the sympathetic functional state in rheumatic valvular heart disease, started May 1992 to present

b) Medtronic Investigator Group - Latissimus dorsi dynamic cardiomyoplasty (Project ended 1997)

c) Member, Endocarditis Working Group of International Society for Chemotherapy (I.S.C.), coordinated by Professor Claude Carbon, Assistance Publique 46, Rue Henri Hucliard 75877, Paris - Cedex 18. (Project ended 1998) resulted in multiple publications

d) Clinical trial of Glycar Quadrileaflet Mitral Valve (QMV) in patients requiring Mitral Valve Replacement (March 1998 to December 2006)

e) Congenital Heart Defects Registry (1997 to present)

f) Long term follow up of patients who underwent the Ross operation. (January 1990 to present).

g) Long-term Valve follow-up Registry Database (December 2000 to present)

h) Surgical Registry DB (December 2000 to present)

i) Patients who had CABG after PET Scan (December 2000 to present)

j) Multi-vessel access for coronary artery bypass: Regional flow studies/ pre-clinical training (November 2001 to present)

k) Use of robotic assistance for endoscopic/minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic surgery/ pre-clinical training certified in the use of the Da Vinci System.

l) Arterial switch operation for TGA with an intact ventricular septum (February 2000 to present)

m) Pure rheumatic MR in young population up to 40 years of age who underwent operation (May 2002 to present)

n) Contegra graft in heart surgery (July 2002 to present)

o) Scimitar syndrome clinical course and results after surgery (September 2002 to present

p) Scimitar syndrome and coil embolization (October 2002 to present)

q) Truncus arteriosus (February 2003 to present)

r) Modified Ross/Konno Procedure

s) Stem Cell transplantation